Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) announced acquisition of government’s entire 51.11 per cent stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL). ONGC will pay Rs 473.97 per share for 77.8 crore shares of HPCL held by government. Thus, the deal value stands at Rs 36915 crore. This deal will help Central Government to achieve its annual disinvestment target for the first time ever. It will be an all-cash deal and is expected to be completed by end of January 2018. ONGC will resort to short-term borrowing for raising funds for this acquisition.
India successfully test-fired Agni-V, a surface to surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the disha coast.Agni-V is an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) having a strike range of 5000-km. It incorporates latest technologies in terms of navigation , warhead and engine.Agni-V is 17-metre tall and two-metre wide. It is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tonnes.This was the first user associate test of Agni-V. Its last developmental trial test was conducted on December 26, 2016.
Rajesh Agarwal was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Niger. Rajesh Agarwal is currently the Counsellor, High Commission of India, Port Moresby. He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Niger. He will soon take charge as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Niger.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh launched the ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ to help the distressed sections of the society. The ‘Mahatama Gandhi Sarbat Vikas Yojana’ aims to help the distressed sections of the society socially, economically and psychologically. Captain Amarinder Singh said that, 10.25 lakh farmers of Punjab coming under the debt waiver scheme will receive the benefits by November 2018. He also launched the e-POS scheme for fair price shops. This will replace the previous blue card system for distribution of Atta-Dal.
Roy Bennett, Zimbabwean opposition leader, was killed in a helicopter accident, in New Mexico, US. Five people including Roy Bennett’s wife Heather were killed in the accident. One person survived with injuries.Roy Bennett was 60 years old. He was the treasurer-general of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change opposition party.Earlier he fled Zimbabwe after receiving death threats. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2009 when he was made deputy agriculture minister.
Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) took part in the 3-day ‘Mainamati Maitree Exercise 2019’ as a part of ‘Confidence Building Measures’ between the two border guards of India and Bangladesh held in a general area of BSF’s Srimantapur border outpost near Agartala, Tripura.The main objective of this exercise was to plan and conduct anti-smuggling and anti-criminal activity related operations with an aim to achieve better joint operational efficiency and border management in the area.Both the forces took part in joint patrolling, anti-smuggling drills, simulated raids on suspected places in both the countries, and checking of goods and identity at international check posts.The exercise was named after Mainamati hill range situated 8 km west of Comilla township in Bangladesh, which is home to ancient Buddhist archaeological site in the region.
Answer 1. Poorvi G B Explanation 12-year old Indian girl Poorvi G B has been awarded the ‘best performer’ subtitle at the ‘Little Miss World 2017’ pageant held in Greece. With this award, Poorvi G B has become the first Indian kid to win the title in the international beauty pageant and talent competition. At the event, Poorvi G B gave a Kathak dance performance and also showcased the rich culture of Karnataka in the national costume round by dressing up as a Hoyasala sculpture.
Answer – . 4. 1 and 2 ( limestone mines and crushers) Explanation Gulbarga is situated in Deccan Plateau located at 17.33°N 76.83°E and the general elevation ranges from 300 to 750 meters above mean sea level. Two main rivers, Krishna and Bhima, flow in the district. Black soil is predominant soil type in the district.
Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies admitted India as its 42nd member. Wassenaar Arrangement is a multilateral export control regime (MECR) that promotes transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dualuse goods and technologies in order to enhance regional and international security and stability. It was established in July 1996, in Wassenaar, the Netherlands and its Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria. As per the terms of this arrangement, at the intervals of six months, member countries exchange information on deliveries of conventional arms to non-Wassenaar members. It is to be noted that Wassenaar Arrangement is not a treaty, and thus, is not legally binding upon member countries
As per a report by World Steel Association, India has overtaken the US to become the world’s third largest crude steel producer. As per World Steel Association’s report, during 2017, India’s crude steel production stood at 101.4 million tonnes (MT). This is 6.2 per cent higher as compared to 95.5 MT in the previous year. China remained the world leader with 831.7 MT crude steel production in 2017. Despite of witnessing negative growth in crude steel output during 2017, Japan is the second largest global steel producer with 104.7 MT production in 2017. During 2017, Global steel production was 1691.2 MT which marks 5.3 per cent increment as compared to 2016 when the output was 1606.3 MT.
Gurcharan Singh Kalkat was an Indian agricultural scientist and the founder chairman of the Punjab State Farmers Commission, known for his contributions in bringing the green revolution to Punjab. thus, option B is right ans
A new thermal spray coating technology used for gas turbine engine in spacecraft developed by Dr. Satish Tailor has gained the attention of NASA scientist James L. Smialek. The technology developed by Dr. Satish Tailor, a scientist from Rajasthan, was published in the journal Ceramics International and Thermal Spray Bulletin. Dr. Satish Tailor has developed the controlled segmented Yttria-Stabilised Zirconia (YSZ)-Plasma sprayed coating technology. It is said that, this technology reduces cost of thermal spray coating by 50%. Dr. Satish Tailor has shared his research papers with James L. Smialek.
Valletta, the capital of Malta was officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture. Every year, the European Union (EU) designates a European city/cities as European Capital of Culture for a period of one calendar year. During this period, series of cultural events are organised in the designated cities. During 2018, over 400 events will take place across Valletta and the neighbouring island of Gozo which is part of Malta. All events will revolve around three focal themes viz. Island Stories, Future Baroque and Voyages. Valletta is sharing the role of European Culture Capital 2018 with Leeuwarden, a city in the Netherlands.
On January 25, 2018, Government announced Padma Awards 2018. This year, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind has approved conferment of 85 Padma Awards. This year’s 85 Padma Awards also include duo cases, wherein the award is counted as one. For 2018, 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri Awards have been announced. Among this year’s Padma Award winners, 14 are women. The winners list also includes 16 persons from the category of Foreigners (from 10 ASEAN Countries)/Non Resident Indian (NRI)/Person of India Origin (PIO)/Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and 3 Posthumous awardees.
O P Singh has been appointed as DGP (Director General of Police) of Uttar Pradesh.O P Singh is a 1983 batch Indian Police Services (IPS) officer. He has taken charge as Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh.He has been relieved from the post of Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (DGCISF).
In a bid to solve various complications faced by the power distribution sector, Haryana State Government has announced to install 10 lakh smart meters across the state. This announcement was made by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar while inaugurating the India-Japan Smart Grid Pilot Project in Panipat in the presence of Japanese Minister Keniko Sen. The smart meters will eliminate the need to visit houses for meter reading and if a meter or power supply is shut, the complaint would be resolved by the smart grid. Out of 10 lakh smart meters, five lakh meters would be installed this year and five lakh next year.
Dr Vinod Paul, Member of NITI Aayog, has been conferred the IhsanDoğramacı Family Health Foundation Prize by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Vinod Paul has become the first Indian to receive this award. He has been conferred this award for his contributions to the family health sector. The award will be presented to Dr Vinod Paul at the World Health Assembly in May 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr Vinod Paul has been recognized by WHO as a reputed researcher, clinician, educator and public health advocate in the newborn health sector. His book on paediatrics is considered the standard textbook for medical students in India and various foreign countries. He has played an important role in developing national child health guidelines and programmes in India.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 2nd edition of ‘Nobel Prize Series India 2018’ in Panaji, Goa. ’Nobel Prize Series – India 2018’ consist of a month-long ‘Nobel Science Exhibition and the India Science Exhibition: Ideas Changes the world’. During the course of this event, Nobel laureates will interact with school children and teachers. This event has been jointly organised by Department of Bio-Technology under Union Ministry of Science and Technology, Goa State Government and Nobel Media, Sweden. Theme of Nobel Prize Series India 2018’ is ‘Science Impacts Life’. The first edition of ‘Nobel Prize Series in India’ was held in Gujarat in January 2017.
Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan assumed charge as the new Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of the Indian Army. Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan replaces Lt General A K Bhatt. Lt General A K Bhatt will take charge of Srinagar-based 15 Corps. Lt. Gen Anil Chauhan has held various important posts in the Army. He has vast experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern regions. Earlier he served as the commander of the Dimapur-based 3 Corps. He was also a military observer for UN peacekeeping mission in Angola. His role as DGMO, will be to manage operations of the Army.
Indian government recently cleared the proposal for granting long-term visa (LTV) to minorities from Afghanistan seeking refuge in India. Besides, visa and residential permit norms for other nationals from Afghanistan have also been liberalised by Union Home Ministry. So far, there was no clear policy for minorities from Afghanistan and they were dealt on a case-to-case basis. It is to be noted that there are more than 6000 Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan who want to return to India. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, contained a provision that minorities from neighbouring countries could stay in India without any legal document. As the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has not been cleared by Parliament till date, Government had to take a decision for granting long-term visa (LTV) to minorities from Afghanistan.
The Madhya Pradesh (MP) government, for the first time, will use drones for mapping villages. This will replace the land survey work, done either manually or with the help of satellite images. In this regard, state revenue department inked an agreement with Survey of India, the country’s national mapping agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Delhi’s Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Satyendar Jain launched the Jeevan Seva app to aid Delhi’s COVID patients and their families for their safe commute to hospitals and health care facilities in the city. The app, launched in collaboration with EVERA will use electric vehicles as an ambulance to transfer non-critical cases to health care facility within Delhi free of cost.
The current interest rate, which is for Q3 (October – December) FY 2020-21 has been fixed at 7.1%. Investments made in Public Provident Fund are offered at interest rates that are set by the central Government for every quarter (every three months) of the year.
India and Cambodia inked following four pacts, post comprehensive talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Visiting Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen.4 pacts1. India signed a pact for Cultural Exchange Programme with Cambodia for the year 2018-2022.2. India and Cambodia will cooperate on the issues of prevention, rescue and repatriation related to human trafficking.3. Objective of this agreement is to enhance India’s and Cambodia’s effectiveness in prevention, investigation and prosecution of crimes through cooperation and legal assistance in criminal matters.4. Under this agreement, Export-Import Bank of India will extend $36.92 million Line of Credit to finance the Stung Sva Hab Water Resource Development Project in Cambodia.
‘Sammakka Saaralamma Maha Jathara’, a tribal festival, will begin on 31st January 2018, in Eturunagaram, Telangana. The tribal people worship the tribal goddess ‘Sammakka’ during the festival. Tribal people from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh would participate in this festival. Nearly 20 lakh water packets have been arranged by the district administration for distribution during the festival. Free Wi-Fi facility has also been arranged.
According to the ‘Military Balance 2018’ report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), India overtook the UK as the fifth-largest defence spender in the world in 2017. For the year 2017, India’s Defence Budget stood at $52.5 billion, up from $51.1 billion in 2016. UK’s defence budget fell from $52.5 billion in 2016 to $50.7 billion in 2017. With $602.8 billion, US had the highest Defence budget during 2017. India’s neighbour China occupied the second position with $150.5 billion Defence budget – almost three times as compared to India. Third and fourth spots were occupied by Saudi Arabia and Russia respectively. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) is a London-based global think tank.
Yes Bank announced the listing of US $600 million bond issue under its maiden US $1 billion medium-term note (MTN) programme on IndiaINX.Medium Term Note (MTN) is a debt note that usually matures or has a payback period of 5 years.Yes Bank’s debut MTN bonds received an overwhelming response from international investors as it was oversubscribed by more than 1.83 times from over 90 accounts.Yes Bank had established a Medium Term Note (MTN) programme in December 2017 to raise USD 1 billion post approval from its board’s Capital Raising Committee. BSE’s IndiaINX is India’s first international exchange located at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at GIFT City in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.